DESIGNER + REALTOR®
What do food, restaurants, architectural and interior design, residential construction, and the real estate industry have in common? Me! I’m Mike Baboushkin. I’ve been a designer for 40 years and a realtor in this market for over 15 years now. In that time I’ve seen – and possibly done – all you can see and do in this industry, through boom and bust, build and teardown, and especially buying and selling.
I come to real estate through design. I’m obsessed with elegant home design and have designed and planned and built numerous new homes with an eye toward timeless simplicity and refined understatement. This experience also makes me ideal for evaluating a potential home purchase, or selecting the right lot on which to build one. Never one to walk away from the details, I’m also an accomplished Interior Designer and have developed a reputation for high-standard home staging advice and execution. And when it comes to navigating city permits and bylaws, as well as construction costing and trades sourcing, you’ll find my residential construction experience invaluable.
So, what’s all this about food and restaurants, you ask? Together with my wife, I’ve designed over 85 Calgary eateries of various descriptions and menus and have been an owner in five. And while I’m loath to call myself a foodie per se, I appreciate the fact that where you eat is sometimes the best way to impart flavour to that perfect dish.
When you’re ready to talk real estate or fine dining, so am I.
I’m a serial entrepreneur, and for that, I blame my upbringing. Way back, my family owned and ran a furniture store in Edmonton. We did everything , from designing to building to delivering, even repairs. I grew up working there - sales with mom and deliveries with dad. That experience set the tone for my business life – do it all, do it well.
I began with international trade and economic development, and for years my work benefited many small businesses. But, I left that career to start a family and work alongside my husband at our award-winning residential design firm. We are innovative and create homes that are a reflection of the clients we design for, which is precisely what I bring to real estate now: decades of understanding what “home” can mean.
In addition to real estate, I own and operate a vintage clothing pop-up shop with two friends, a boutique graphic design studio, and have side hustles of all kinds. Did I mention I love to connect with great people? There, I just did. I’ve met lots of amazing people through travel, but if I’ve learned anything from it, it’s that you don’t have to go very far to make those great connections. Indeed, my best friends are the ones I’ve made right here at home. So, now that you know a little about me, it’s your turn!
I’m looking forward to our first handshake.